Eastport Arts Center

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Summer Arts Camp: North Woods Adventures Along the Appalachian Trail

A Summer Arts Camp for children ages 6-13 will be offered from 9 am-noon, July 8-12, at Eastport Arts Center. This year’s theme is North Woods Adventures Along the Appalachian Trail. Ann Cannizzaro, educator, and Willy Claflin, musician and storyteller, will engage campers in an exciting experience learning about the famous trail that ends in Maine’s north woods, with a host of themed projects and Claflin’s humorous songs and stories to boot. Activities will include making bandanas, tin lanterns, painted walking sticks and more gear for summer adventures.

Cannizzaro combines a love for art with experience in education. She enjoys helping children discover new skills, ideas, and mediums through artistic endeavors, and works hard to plan and organize activities that are challenging and fun at the same time. Cannizzaro has a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from the University of Vermont, with a minor in Biology; a Master’s Degree in Literacy from UNE; and a Master’s degree in Educational Media and Design Technology from Full Sail University.

Claflin, a San Francisco-based professional performer, is often called a “one man festival.” He delights his audiences with a mix of music, fantastical tales and a flair for the absurd. Assisting with the storytelling and song-spinning is Claflin’s sidekick, Maynard the Moose, an appealing and animated puppet.

Camp fee of $15/day or $70/week includes materials and lunch; additional siblings can register for half-price. Space is limited; to preregister, please email Alison Brennan, EAC’s Education & Outreach Coordinator at alison@eastportartscenter.org or call her at (207) 454-8822. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and at http://www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

Arts Campers Reached for the Stars

Eastport Arts Center’s April vacation week arts campers are shown with some of their outer space themed creations. Instructor Sara Myrick is at top left.

Rocket ships, UFOs, aliens, pastel space paintings and more added up to an action-packed Outer Space themed April Vacation Arts Camp April 16-18 at Eastport Arts Center. Thirteen children from Eastport, Robbinston, Pembroke, Edmunds, Parsonsfield, Bangor, Scarborough and as far away as Bolivia (South America) explored their ideas of extra-terrestrial life, intergalactic travel and heavenly bodies, using a wide variety of media.

The busy supplies table included a found object bin in which campers enjoyed rummaging for parts for their aliens and spaceships.

Instructor Sara Myrick ingeniously provided multiple project options each day for the arts campers so each could gravitate towards whichever art supplies and techniques they found most appealing, simultaneously assuring that attendees ranging from 6 to 13 years of age would all be engaged. In addition, she encouraged the young people to continue to experiment with her designs to come up with their own solutions, such as with a wee paper rocket built to be launched by the child’s burst of breath through a drinking straw.  

Sara Myrick demonstrates for April vacation week arts campers how to launch their paper rockets via a drinking straw. 

“I am continually amazed with the innovativeness of children,” said Myrick after the camp. “I can show them a simple idea and they find their own way of expanding on it. Arts camp attracts children who enjoy creating independently and who like to work together on projects. It’s been such a fun session.”

Myrick, who teaches K-12 art in the Eastport schools, will be one of the instructors for EAC’s Summer Workshop Series, which begins in June. The center’s next Arts Camp—with popular leaders Ann Cannizzaro and Willy Claflin—will take place in July, and feature a North Woods Adventures theme. For more information about EAC’s outreach and education programs, please visit our page or email Alison Brennan, alison@eastportartscenter.org.  EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.